Visakhapatnam, Apr 15 UNI | 4 months ago

The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) was committed to developing Seemandhra the residual State of Andhra Pradesh on par with Gujarat and will do everything possible to bring new investments and industries into the State, party's State unit president K Haribabu said here today.

He was speaking at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Vizag Journalists' Forum (VJF) here. He is also the BJP candidate for the Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency.

Mr Haribabu said the BJP had made all efforts to protect the interests of the 13 districts of Seemandhra at the time of bifurcation and it was due to the pressure exerted by his party that the Congress had agreed to give special status to the State for five years so that it could attract investments.

'We want it extended to ten years and we will it, after we assume charge at the Centre under the leadership of Modi.

'We have struck up an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party and together both parties would strive to develop Seemandhra. Decentralised development and decentralised administration would be our motto,' he explained.

Haribabu said the State had a long coastline of almost 1,000 km and it should be developed the same way Gujarat's has. 'We will set up a maritime board on the Gujarat model and develop the coast.

'The State has many natural advantages and both industry and tourism can be promoted. We are also committed to the completion of the mega Polavaram project on the Godavari,' he said. He said Narendra Modi had made a proposal to develop 100 smart cities across the country and the State unit planned to ask him to develop the new capital of Andhra Pradesh as a smart city.

He exhorted the public to vote for the BJP-TDP alliance candidates to reap the maximum benefit for the State in the post-bifurcation scenario.

'It is certain that the NDA will form the Government at the Centre and therefore it is in our interests to vote for the BJP-TDP alliance,' he concluded.

The BJP is contesting four out of the 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Seemandhra, with the TDP fielding candidates in the rest as a part of their electoral alliance.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)